Christmas time is always a special time for family and loved ones. This was Tristan's second Christmas and although he may not have completely understood what was going on, he understood more at 19 months than he did at 7 months.
This year he helped put up and decorate the Christmas tree, hang the bright red wreath on the door, hang the stockings on the fireplace, and set out the door decorations for all of the closets in the house. Tristan especially loved the "Santa" and "Frosty" (that's what he calls every snowman he sees thanks to Uncle Sterling and Aunt Amy) that sat right next to the vase where he hides all of his crayons. (It's a decorative vase that Tristan started putting his crayons in this past summer so he could use at a later time.) Tristan knows Mommy's not a baker, so we didn't take part in any type of cookie baking or decorating activities ~ but Mommy will certainly do this for his experience in the next years to come. I bet he will really enjoy licking the bowl! I hear it's so much fun!
Next was shopping for gifts and stockings stuffers and then the wrapping of the gifts. Shopping was easy for Tristan. He just got to eat his popcorn while riding around in the shopping cart at Target with Mommy. He always says, "Tar-co". The stocking stuffers were the hardest this year. Since Grandma Kems and Uncle Daniel were coming to visit for Christmas, we had to think of extra special stocking stuffers to include in their stockings. Gift cards don't take up enough room and some items they needed were too big to stuff in there. Eventually we found some kitchen items at Bed Bath and Beyond and Michael's as well as some named ornaments, candy, and cooking spices from Giada for Target.
Now time for the wrapping of the gifts. Tristan loved tearing the paper apart while I was trying to tape it to the boxes...this made it a much more difficult process for me to complete. :) But when the wrapping paper was gone, he would pick up the cardboard tubes and play swords with Daddy and Feelos. Yes, he loved chasing Feelos around the house with the cardboard tubes and threatening to play swords with her too. We had to remove the tubes from his possession at this point since he didn't understand why Feelos couldn't play swords back with him like Daddy was able to.
|Ooo this lotion smells fab!|
|Uncle Daniel got a micro grater in his stocking!|
|Tristan wanted to smell it too!|
|Yea! I finally have a car!|
|Feelos and Butterfinger were happy with their stocking as well!|
|Grandma Kems loving on Tristan!|